PROS / This cordless phone’s battery lasts for two days in standby mode – longer than most other phones.
CONS / You can only store 30 contacts in this home phone.
VERDICT / The Motorola K704B covers the basics well, but it doesn’t have anything that makes it stand out from the crowd.
While the Motorola K704B has all of the basic features you expect on a home phone, it doesn’t have most of the advanced features found on the best cordless phones. Besides its orange backlighting, the design is generic, and there isn’t much to help the K704B stand out from the competition.
In our testing, we found that the K704B’s range wasn’t as good as most of the other phones on our lineup. At 250 feet from the base, call quality deteriorated enough that we had to walk closer to understand the caller. Up until around 225 feet from the base, call quality was perfect.
The K704B’s battery performance is a mixed bag. In standby mode, this cordless phone lasts for two days before needing to recharge. That’s significantly longer than most of the other home phones we reviewed. However, it takes 12 hours to charge the battery to 100 percent, which is much longer than the average of seven hours.
This landline phone ships with four handsets, though you can expand that up to five total. That additional handset costs extra though. While most of the phones we reviewed can handle more than five handsets at a time, most families don’t need more than that. Each handset has a built-in speakerphone, which is great for hands-free operation and using the intercom system.
You won’t find an alarm or headset jack on this cordless phone. In fact, you can’t connect any kind of headset to the K704B because it also doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity. That also rules out useful link-to-cell technology, which can notify you when you get a text message on your cell phone. Even though it’s missing all of those, the K704B’s base does have a speakerphone, which sounds better than the handset speakerphones.
Where the K704B really falls behind the very best home phones is storage – you can only store 30 contacts in the phone. That’s a paltry number compared to the 600 plus you can store in other phones and means you have to carefully manage your saved numbers, which is definitely not ideal.
The Motorola K704B is a basic home phone that is missing many of the advanced features we look for in the best cordless phones. It also has limited storage options. That said, it has excellent call quality – up to a point – and it has one of the longest-lasting batteries we’ve seen.